The Office could be preparing to open its doors once more. NBC is planning to revive the long-running mockumentary series based on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‘s BBC hit of the same name, TVLine reports.
The revival series will reportedly feature a mix of new and old characters, once again working at the Scranton, PA branch of fictional paper company Dunder Mufflin. However, according to TV Line‘s sources there will be no involvement from Steve Carell, who starred in the NBC sitcom’s first seven seasons as Michael Scott, an often cringe-inducing regional manager. The show then continued for two more seasons without Carell at the helm, before finally ending in 2013.
NBC is rumored to be scheduling the revival series for the 2018-2019 TV season. However, it’s worth noting that the network has yet to make any kind of comment on the report, so nothing is confirmed.
The Office‘s reboot series would follow another NBC sitcom revival, Will & Grace, which returned in September for a ninth season following a 12-year hiatus. NBC has already renewed that show for a 10th season.
Back in August, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the network was interested in a continuation of The Office, but suggested any new season was dependent on the enthusiasm of showrunner Greg Daniels.
“We often talk about The Office, I’ve talked to Greg four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘maybe some day but not now’,’ Greenblatt told Deadline at the time. “There is certainly an open invitation but we don’t have anything happening right now. If he wants to do it, I would do it.”
Though Gervais and Merchant haven’t touched the original U.K. version of The Office since its final episode aired in 2003, Gervais has sometimes revived his beloved character David Brent, on whom Carell’s Michael Scott is based. Gervais’s antihero was last seen in the 2016 film David Brent: Life on the Road.
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